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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Electric Powertrain Manufacturer Moves to Alameda Point

  • January 21, 2015
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Wrightspeed, a designer and manufacturer of low-emission, electric hybrid powertrains, has moved its offices and assembly plant to historic Hangar 41 at the former Naval Air Station Alameda, located on San Francisco Bay. Wrightspeed makes electric powertrains that can be installed in existing delivery and garbage trucks, making them “near zero-emission, quiet and efficient commercial vehicles,” according to a press release. The company had not previously focused on garbage trucks and selected Hangar 41 at Alameda Point because it needs a building with doors large enough to accommodate the huge vehicles …

Judge Dismisses Developer’s Suit over Groundwater Contamination at Ft. Detrick

  • January 21, 2015
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A federal judge last week dismissed a housing developer’s $37 million lawsuit against the federal government alleging the Army’s negligent practices contaminated the groundwater underneath land outside of Fort Detrick where it planned to build 732 homes.
In U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Judge Catherine Blake ruled that Waverley View Investors failed to show that DOD environmental directives barred the Army from burying certain toxic chemicals in unlined pits at the installation prior to 1972, reported the Frederick News Post. She granted the Army’s motion to dismiss the suit. The homebuilder claimed that high levels of trichloroethylene in the groundwater stemming from the Army’s disposal practices since the 1950s reduced the value of its 93-acre parcel. The developer also sought damages to compensate it for development costs and lost profits.

Oregon Delegation Presses Pentagon to Transfer Chemical Depot

  • January 20, 2015
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Oregon’s congressional delegation is urging DOD to go ahead with an existing proposal to transfer thousands of acres at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot to the site’s local redevelopment authority at no cost, after learning the Army is reconsidering the plan. “We are writing to express our strong concerns about reports that the U.S. Army may seek to charge the communities around Umatilla to receive property as part of the ongoing Base Realignment Closure (BRAC) process at the Umatilla Army Depot,” Sens. Ron Wyden (D) and Jeff Merkley (D) and Rep. Greg Walden (R) said in a letter sent last week to Defense Secretary Charles Hagel. “If accurate, this would be a terribly disappointing development in a process that has otherwise been a model for transfers under the BRAC process …

Colorado LRA Narrows List of Consultants to Prepare Reuse Plan

  • January 20, 2015
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The LRA for the Pueblo Chemical Depot has selected three nationally known firms as finalists to craft a reuse plan for the Colorado site. The finalists are: Burns & McDonnell; Matrix Design Group; and Weston Solutions. The contract with PuebloPlex will call for the winning firm to assess the infrastructure on 16,000 acres of the 23,000-acre property that was declared surplus in 2013. The firm also would perform an economic analysis of Pueblo County, identify available buildings and provide a market analysis to determine how much the assets are worth. The LRA plans to interview each consultant teams on Jan. 29, with a final selection scheduled for Jan. 30, reported the Pueblo Chieftain. The Army will retain control of about 7,000 acres at the depot until it finishes destroying mustard-agent weapons that have been stored there for about 60 years.

LRA Completes Demolition of Aging Facilities at Former New York Air Base

  • January 19, 2015
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More than 30 years after the federal government shuttered Hancock Air Force Base located outside of Syracuse, N.Y., the economic development organization responsible for turning it into Hancock Airpark has finished demolishing aging military infrastructure at the site that it has no plans to reuse. Last month, demolition crews finished the removal of 85 buildings containing more than 200 apartments, reported CenterState CEO had considered renovating the housing but never was able to obtain funding to go ahead, said Lori Dietz, CenterState’s vice president of operations. The state funded the $2.4 million demolition …

Renovation of Former Army Clinic at Ft. Monmouth to Finish Shortly

  • January 15, 2015
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The $5 million renovation of the former Patterson Army Health Clinic at Fort Monmouth, N.J., is scheduled to be completed early this year. One half of the clinic, which served as an outpatient and dental clinic when the post was shuttered, will be turned into an outpatient facility for the elderly. The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly operation will provide elderly citizens the option to meet their health care needs in their community instead of going to a nursing home or other care facility, reported Word on the Shore. The other half will house health care or related services …

Army May Not Return Oregon Chemical Depot Site to LRA

  • January 13, 2015
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The Army is reconsidering a plan to transfer thousands of acres at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot in northern Oregon to the site’s local redevelopment authority at no cost. The Columbia Development Authority, formerly the Umatilla Army Depot Reuse Authority, had planned on obtaining up to 9,500 acres via a no-cost economic development conveyance, with 3,000 acres designated for industrial development. The LRA doesn’t have the resources to purchase the site, reported the East Oregonian. “It was a pretty significant reversal from what we had been told up until last month,” project manager Don Chance told the authority’s board …

State-of-the Art Street Lighting at Brunswick Landing to Generate Hefty Energy Savings

  • January 8, 2015
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New street lighting installed at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine, features dimming controls that are expected to trim the LRA’s energy and maintenance costs by 80 percent. The project — which upgraded 650 street and area lights with new LED fixtures and radio frequency-enabled control and monitoring systems at Brunswick Landing — was developed and financed by Pemco Holdings LLC. The effort did not require any upfront capital from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority; it will be paid for from savings generated by the program over a 10-year period …

Officials Hopeful New Year Will Mark New Direction for South Weymouth Reuse

  • January 6, 2015
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With new legislation enacted last year to overhaul the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth, local officials are guardedly optimistic the reuse project will make significant strides in 2015. The legislation, signed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), replaced the long-standing LRA with a new authority and shifted responsibility for public services and property tax revenue to the surrounding communities of Weymouth, Abington and Rockland. It also gave the project’s master developer, Starwood Land Ventures, more flexibility regarding the pace of the project. By the end of 2014, the prospects for a turnaround seemed hopeful as Pulte Homes neared the first major land deal under the new framework governing SouthField …

Puerto Rico Selects Master Developer for Roosevelt Roads

  • January 5, 2015
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The Puerto Rican government last month picked Arlington, Va.-based Clark Realty Capital to transform 3,000 acres at the former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads into a $3.2 billion mixed-used development focused on eco-tourism. The 30-year project proposed by Clark calls for hotels, housing, offices, retail stores, restaurants, a light industrial area, a cruise ship port, a marina, a terminal for high-speed ferries, schools, golf courses and other uses. The Roosevelt Roads LRA selected Clark over two other candidates — Uruguay-based Ariel Investment and Puerto Rico-based OHorizons …

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